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Plumber had knives to tackle raiders at girl's home, court told

A PLUMBER who armed himself with three knives, including one like a machete, allegedly told gardai that he was "heading to sort out the people who broke into his girlfriend's home".

Stephen Mullins (28) was stopped and searched after gardai saw him acting suspiciously near a shopping centre.

It is alleged that gardai found Mullins with two 12-inch knives which were in his rucksack, and a small knife, similar to a letter opener, in his hand.

The accused, of Lanesborough Terrace, St Margaret's Road, Finglas, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with possession of knives with intent to cause injury or to intimidate another person.

The alleged incident took place at the Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham on October 11 last year.

Garda Sergeant Bernard Jones said it would be alleged that three knives were found when the accused was searched. One of the knives was 12 inches long with a dragon head, the second was a machete-style knife with a curved blade and a wooden handle and the third was a highly decorated, dagger-type letter opener.

The case was adjourned for four weeks.